The other day I really wanted to see the movie Bad Moms with a couple of my friends. It looks super funny and Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell are in it. Perfect for a girls night. But, unfortunately, one of the girls I was with had already seen it. Isn’t that always how it goes? So we went to Nerve instead. I had seen the previews for Nerve and honestly wasn’t necessarily crazy enthused to see the movie. But it was $5 movie Tuesday and I was with friends and I had me some popcorn and an icee. So I was going to see whatever everyone else wanted at that point.
I wasn’t excited about seeing Nerve because it looked predictable to me. And it was. But it also was interesting for a little while at least. The concept of the movie was that some new fancy video game called Nerve came out that dared people to film themselves doing crazy things in order to earn money paid for by those that watched them live from their laptops or cell phones. The main character, Vee (Emma Roberts), is an overachieving high school senior with an overprotective parent and an always-in-the-spotlight best friend. Needless to say, she feels the need to rebel a little and do something out of her comfort zone. Thus begins her Nerve journey. Along the way she meets another Nerve player (Dave Franco) and teams up with him to do some very daring stunts. The stunts were the most entertaining part of the movie as they definitely made you feel either awkward, scared, or nervous for the characters.
I really wanted to like this movie, because I really like Emma Roberts. She’s a talented actor. I even liked her way back when her Nickelodeon TV show Unfabulous was a thing. She’s funny and has the same je ne sais quoi as her aunt Julia Roberts. She’s spunky and it works for her. But this movie was poorly scripted and depended a lot on flashy stunts to get through the story. Without the stunts, this movie is mostly just an awkward teen movie with unrealistic dialogue and actors that are not convincing as teens because they’re in their mid-twenties.
All in all, it was an okay movie to watch once. If you’re bored and you want a Redbox later in the year, then sure, you might want to watch it. But I wouldn’t fork over more than $5 to see this movie.
Have a great day lovelies!